On January 23, 2014 the South-Korean news agent Arirang referred to a new report of the South-Korean Ministry of the Environment, which found children between 6 and 18 to have lead, mercury and bisphenol A (BPA) blood levels significantly higher than those detected in other developed countries. According to the Arirang article, BPA levels were twice as high in teenager than in adults. Nevertheless, detected levels remained below the safe levels set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Shin Se-min (January 23, 2014). “Korean kids have excessive amounts of toxins in bodies: report.Arirang.